Understanding God: Each night at supper this month, our challenge is to come up with ONE WORD that describes the character of God. As a family, we will then have a ready-made dinner conversation! Many times, we are quick to praise God for all that He DOES for us. I want to create an environment in our home that allows us to meditate upon who God IS. Not always on what He DOES.
Understanding who God created my kids to be: If we are all created in the image of God, I want to remind my kids of this on a daily basis. I have prayed since the day my girls were born that they would be confident. Not a confidence that is based on the principles of the world but, rather, a confidence in knowing who God created them to be. I am challenging myself to focus upon one character trait each day that I want to affirm in them.
Understanding that God is at work around us.
I am committing each day to work a "God spotting" moment into some conversation.
Whether it's about the sunshine outside, a prayer being answered, or the message we heard at church today, I'm going to try to work faith into a discussion in some sense.
Understanding that God's love for me causes me to love others.
Putting others first or putting someone else's needs above my own does not come naturally. This month we will focus upon meeting, not only the needs, but wants of others. As we served in a local food pantry last month, I was struck by the
quality of the items passed out. It made me think about the luxuries I have in my life. Not just my needs are being met, but many times, my wants as well. Our goal this month is to provide a local food pantry with baked items. I want to train my kids to look beyond someone's current need and demonstrate our love for them in practical ways. This month I'll do that by showing them how to go beyond giving out of obligation (expired canned goods to show I've done my good deed). We will give out of a heart of love wondering what a person in a food pantry might actually like, not just need.
Thanksgiving as a way of life is something that I believe is possible to attain. Not just once per year as our Facebook statuses indicate. Pray for my family this month as we have a tall order here to fill and much to bake.
How about you? What will your ministry or family do to help kids understand God's love and work in their lives in practical ways this month?